Monday, 7 September 2009

Turning up the heat

The sun sank lower, an orange ball partially masked by the evening haze, moisture coming in from the water. Low clouds presented black faces, with silver, golden, pink, and orange highlights, and the sky was streaked with reds and golds.
The King's Buccaneer by Raymond E. Feist

My freezer supplies were getting a bit low so a bit of baking was required. One of my favourite things about baking is the way the smells fill up the whole house...always makes me smile. Anyway, first up was a loaf of country-grain bread from a bread mix. I put it in the breadmaker to knead, took it out and let rise in the loaf tin (in the gorgeous spring sunshine) and then baked it in the oven.

Once the loaf cooled I sliced it up and put it in the freezer for breakfasts and lunches later on.

I'd made the berry spelt muffins several times so I thought I'd mix things up a little and whipped up a batch of texas-sized Zucchini Spelt Muffins from
Vegan Brunch (I love the taste and texture spelt flour gives to baking). I added chopped dates and walnuts for some extra oomph!

These are really delicious...really moist and lightly spiced. Perfect. It's actually the first time I've ever baked something with grated zucchini but it most certainly won't be the last.

My flatmate has been stuck in the house looking after the puppy day after day for the last couple of weeks and was feeling a little down so I whipped up a batch of Peanut-Ginger-Sesame cookies from
Veganomicon for her (I made them gluten-free with the Healtheries Simple Baking Mix as she isn't supposed to have gluten and without crystalised ginger as she's not a fan so instead I upped the amount of ground ginger to a teaspoon).

We had a few girl friends round that night and demolished quite a few (as well as a fair amount of dark chocolate naturally)...they are SO good!


  1. Ooh, yum. Those cookies look so morish with those seeds on the outside. And it sounds like you're loving your new place! Glad to hear it!

  2. i might make those cookies. they look delish.

  3. everything looks ah-ma-zing... I want cookies now!

  4. Nom. I love how perfect the bread looks!

  5. Amy's right, that bread does look perfect! It's tempting me with it's gluteny goodness :( And the cookies look great too, I love their sesame seed coating.

  6. Pure Perfection.

  7. cookies and dark choc= perfect combo! Your flatmate is so lucky to have such a generous and kick-ass baker to whip her up cookies! I am sure they cheered her up no end!

    I am also very fortunate to have a fab choccie stash myself now, thanks to you!! : )